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Methodological practices in research on arts-based programs in international development: a systematic review

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posted on 2024-06-03, 18:49 authored by Vicki WareVicki Ware, Kim Dunphy
International development initiatives increasingly use programmes involving arts participation to facilitate desired outcomes, such as mproved psychosocial wellbeing and conflict resolution. Research into the effectiveness of these interventions has increased commensurately. However, this research has not necessarily been of high quality. This article reports a systematic review of 67 studies of arts-based international development initiatives, to examine the research methods used and the quality of their application. Methodological strength and integrity were analysed against criteria important for research quality in this field, including use of participatory methods, clarity of research question, methodological rigour and system, supportable claims of causal links and supportable generalisations. The findings indicate that only one-third of studies employed robust methods. Challenges include inappropriate selection of research methods to match stated research questions, lack of adequate reporting of data to allow readers to assess the validity of claims, and overly strong claims made with insufficient support.

History

Journal

European journal of development research

Volume

31

Pagination

480-503

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

0957-8811

eISSN

1743-9728

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

3

Publisher

Springer